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  • Mixed reaction as Vermont Yankee plant shuts down Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    VERNON, Vt.— Ellen Merkel says she gets "a little teary-eyed" when she thinks about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sending its last electrons to the regional power grid. Those were among the reactions in the three-state region of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as the plant finishes powering down and prepares to disconnect from the grid, most likely...

  • Food hubs link consumers with locally farmed food Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    BURLINGTON, Vt.— Move over farmers' markets. And food hubs kind of fill that space, "said Doug O'Brien, deputy undersecretary for rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency spent about $25 million from 2009-2013 supporting food hubs.

  • Clinton economic approach under scrutiny Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    More than two decades after Bill Clinton won the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton is considering another White House bid— and for her, too, it's still "the economy, stupid." Democrats are watching closely, including members of the party's liberal wing who are wary of her ties to Wall Street and six-figure speaking fees. Clinton is widely expected to announce a...

  • They were sold for about $100 online and at retailers across the country, including Kmart, Kohl's, Target and Walmart. The brewers are made by Keurig Green Mountain Inc., based in Waterbury, Vermont. The company's shares fell $3.08, or 2.2 percent, to $136.70 in afternoon trading Tuesday.

  • New Hampshire delays vote on $13M FairPoint bid Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    "I have big concerns that the poor service levels we've been seeing from FairPoint right now wouldn't live up to the terms in the contract," Democratic Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern said. Under the contract, FairPoint would provide all services through 2020. The contract is likely to come before the council again in January, said Linda Hodgdon,...

  • Vermont regulator, FairPoint agree to repair plans Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Department of Public Service said Friday that FairPoint Communications has agreed to take steps to ensure timely repairs for those without phone service while a workers' strike continues in northern New England. The department said it has received more than 700 complaints about FairPoint's service since more than 1,700 workers...

  • T-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators. T-Mobile, the fourth-largest U.S. cellphone company, is paying at least $67.5 million in refunds to affected customers plus $18 million in fines to the 50 states and the...

  • Vermont Gas pipeline estimate jumps 27 percent Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.— The incoming head of the natural gas utility working to extend a pipeline from Colchester to Vergennes and eventually Middlebury and Rutland said Friday the cost estimate for the first phase of the project is now $154 million, a 27 percent increase in the amount approved by state regulators in October. The new figure is almost twice the...

  • Striking FairPoint workers rally in New Hampshire Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Two hundred FairPoint Communications workers promised on Friday to remain on strike until company officials return to the bargaining table, even as the 10- week-old strike begins to take a personal and financial toll on the workers and their families. FairPoint's 1,700 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont began striking in October...

  • Single-payer advocates express anger at Shumlin Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:52 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Dozens of supporters of single-payer health care converged on the Statehouse Thursday to voice their anger at Gov. Peter Shumlin's announcement a day earlier that he was scrapping his push for such a program, while critics voiced dismay that the governor pushed the plan as far as he did. The state chapter of the National Federation of Independent...

  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues.

  • ALBANY, N.Y., Dec 17- When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York on Wednesday, he predicted "a ton of lawsuits" against the state. Six years ago, before the start of a lengthy New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing of natural gas, the governor might have been right. Chesapeake Energy, once one of the biggest leaseholders in New York, last year...

  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. "I am not going undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state by pushing prematurely for...

  • Town, company reach agreement on value of dam Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:24 AM ET

    VERNON, Vt.— After several years of disagreeing, a Vermont town and energy giant TransCanada have reached an agreement on the value of a hydroelectric dam: $30.5 million. The state and the town had appraised the Vernon dam at nearly $40 million; TransCanada said it was worth just under $21 million. The settlement in the long-running dispute says the town will not be...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge; crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. Three retail trading platforms halted trading in rubles, citing growing signs of stress among the banks that underpin that trade, as speculation mounted that Moscow will impose capital controls within the next few days. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of...

  • *Moscow stocks plunge, crude trades below $60 a barrel. "If you have a deeply mono-export culture which is linked to oil, then the consequences of much-lower oil prices are quite unfortunate," said Sebastien Galy, senior foreign exchange analyst at Societe Generale in New York. Brent crude trimmed losses to trade just below $60 a barrel after breaking through that...

  • Hemp gets boost in federal spending bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Michael Lewis felt some anxiety when he stepped forward as one of Kentucky's first farmers to test the potential of hemp production, but some recent action by Congress has helped set his mind at ease. The latest federal farm bill allows states to designate hemp projects for research and development. And now, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill...

  • *Buyback, dividend hike, guidance lift Boeing, 3 M, CVS. NEW YORK, Dec 16- The Dow and S&P 500 were holding onto small gains in volatile trading Tuesday afternoon, helped by a rebound in energy shares and investor bets the Federal Reserve will be cautious in removing support in the face of a more fragile global economy. U.S. crude, which fell as much as 4.1 percent, was last...

  • *Moscow stock markets plunge, but U.S., Europe turn higher. Brent crude trimmed losses to trade just below $60 a barrel after breaking through that level in a plunge of more than 4 percent to plumb a July 2009 low. "There's a whole lot of things going on, from the options trade in WTI to the position squaring in Brent, that's helping oil prices get some upward traction here,"...